Inside Pulse » Seth Green A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Seth Green Blu-ray Review: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope Tue, 10 Jul 2012 20:00:24 +0000 I’m a big fan of comic books, action figures and all things considered “geeky” by those looking in from the outside. While these things have become more popular in recent years, with the help of Hollywood blockbusters making superheroes more mainstream, there’s no denying that there are still plenty of people who still consider people dressing up in costumes on any day other than Halloween as weird. Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary is not for those people, and while watching it may open their eyes to just how much fun the esteemed comic convention is, odds are they’ll be too busy trying to give their TV screen an atomic wedgie to notice.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is a documentary that focuses on a handful of people who are all attending the San Diego Comic-Con for their own personal reasons: first there’s the disgruntled die hard comic store owner who’s looking to make ends meet, while also attempting to sell an incredibly rare comic for $500,000; then there’s a collector who will do whatever it takes to find that one action figure that eludes his ever growing collection; and there’s also two artists who are looking to get discovered; and a group of costume designers who build incredible pieces in their garage back home in hopes of getting noticed when they present them at the Con; and finally there’s a couple who met at the convention a year earlier, and this year a secret proposal is planned with the help of Kevin Smith.

All these stories interweave with one another, with wonderful graphic design layout and editing that sees each story fade out in the form of a frozen comic book page still instead of just cutting to the next piece. It adds to the quality of the documentary, and gives the viewer the feeling that they’re following along with a comic book that comes to life between pages.

The best part about the whole thing is that each story is interesting in its own right. Watching these two artists (who are both separate stories) trying to showcase their work to famous industry artists can really hit the heartstrings at times, simply because these are two guys who are putting it on the line, and sometimes the feedback they receive – while constructive – just hits them in a way that you can tell hurts. Meanwhile, watching this action figure collector running through isles in order to capture a rare prize all while epic music is playing is funny and entertaining in its own way. No two stories are truly alike, and each character brings something to the table so that we’re never waiting for the documentary to revert back to someone else, as it’s always interesting and enchanting.

While these stories are the meat and potatoes of the documentary, there are also a plethora of interviews with actors, directors, writers, artists and creators mixed in as well. People like Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Matt Fraction, Harry Knowles and Kevin Smith all talk about what Comic-Con means to them, and how much it has changed in recent years with the surplus of Hollywood panels coming in and taking the focus off the comic books entirely.

The fact that many Hollywood studios now use the Comic-Con as a place to showcase their latest blockbuster films has changed the atmosphere entirely. And while some understand that this is the place where studios can grasp what fans truly want, and help their films get the best word of mouth advertisement possible, others feel that the Con will never be the same again, and that they miss the days where it was a place just for comic book fans.

Those who enjoy Spurlock’s past works will likely notice early on that this film is missing one key ingredient that he usually uses to sell his films: himself. That’s right, from beginning to end we never hear a peep from Mr. Spurlock, and while I’m sure he would have made the film entertaining in his own way, the decision to allow the fans themselves to tell the stories that carry the documentary forward was really a smart one, as it really drives home the fact that Comic-Con is a place that certain people call home, and really get to be themselves for a few days of the year without fear of being judged.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is an incredibly entertaining look inside a world that not everybody understands. Those who enjoy conventions, comics and or collecting pretty much anything will likely find something to enjoy and relate to here; however, those with an open mind who are looking to see just what all the fuss is about when it comes to these conventions will find the answers they’re looking for, as well as some laughs along the way.

The video transfer of the documentary looks great; with sharp, colourful images throughout that help keep the viewers feeling like they’re in this enchanting world being spoken about. The audio quality is also spot-on, with dialogue never being an issue both in the storied sequences, or the interviews.

There are only a few special features, though one in particular really adds almost an hour to the film itself to some extent.

Behind the Scenes – This is a brief behind the scenes featurette that sees Morgan Spurlock finally appear in front of the camera, and in six and a half minutes he explains how he got the film made, and how he got so many big names involved. He also speaks about how at any given time there were 15 full-time crews shooting footage throughout the Con. Really quick fun watch, especially for those who missed Spurlock’s voice during the piece itself.

Deleted Scenes – There are nine minutes worth of deleted scenes, and while they would’ve thrown off the flow of the documentary in some cases, they’re actually all worth watching, as they add a bit more depth, and humour in some cases, to various stories.

Interviews – Here’s the feature that really gives the viewer something to cheer about, as they’ve added in an hour of extended interviews with a great number of those we heard from in the documentary itself, and some we didn’t, such as Ellen Page and Felicia Day. Definitely worth checking out for those who enjoyed the film, but especially for fans in general who’d like to hear what these folks have to say about the hobby and lifestyle they love so much.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is an entertaining documentary that tells a handful of stories, while also giving inside perspective by those who helped make the comic book industry as popular as it is today. It may not be educational in the sense of delving into the history of comics and how they came to be, but that’s not what Spurlock set out to accomplish. No, this documentary is an exploration of different aspects of a convention that has helped change the face of the entertainment industry, and it does so without judging those who call it home.

Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Neca Films Present Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. Directed by: Morgan Spurlock. Written by: Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick. Starring: Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, Seth Green, Eli Roth, Harry Knowles, Morgan Webb. Running time: 86 minutes. Rating: PG. Released: June 10, 2012. Available at×120.jpg

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Blu-ray Review: Mars Needs Moms Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:00:55 +0000 Robert Zemeckis has consistently pushed the envelope of visual effects in each project he’s worked on. From Back to the Future to Forrest Gump to his latest fixation with perfecting motion capture, Zemeckis is always at the cusp of filmmaking. Mars Needs Moms is the latest Zemeckis motion capture adventure with a meaningful, heartwarming story, all wrapped up in a neat Disney bow.

Milo (motion captured by Seth Green and voiced by Seth Dursky) is your typical kid. He doesn’t listen to his mother (Joan Cusack, perfectly cast) and gets extremely frustrated when she tells him to do things. He even goes so far as to say he’d be better off without a mother at all. Little does he know, Martians have been secretly watching his mother and praising her parenting skills. For years, Martians have scoured the Earth for the best moms so they can kidnap them and use them as a template for their nanny robots which they create to take care of their own babies.

Milo catches them in the act of abducting his mother and stows away on their ship. Teaming up with another earthling named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a TV loving Martian named Ki, Milo finds himself in a race against time to save his mother, and along the way discovers that he needs her more than he thought.

The whole idea of the story seems preposterous, and it is. But that’s part of the charm. Mars Needs Moms is based on the book by Berkeley Breathed (of Bloom County comic strip fame) and is written for the screen and directed by Simon Wells (great grandson of H.G. Wells). The few bumpy patches at the beginning of the film are forgotten by the time the nail-biting climactic ending ensues; the story shines in the hands of Disney and Zemeckis.

Motion capture is a very cool process, but the animated actors still look a little phony; though there’s no question that the characters in the movie are the actors who play them, even the evil Martian Supervisor who’s played by Frau Farbissina herself, Mindy Sterling. But by the time Milo gets to Mars, any concerns about the animation are tossed into space. The whole thing is entirely too much fun to nitpick.

Zemeckis still has a long way to go if he wants to perfect motion capture, but Mars Needs Moms is more than just another fluffy animated movie. This is truly a fun, memorable, and moving film; I dare you not to shed a tear at the end. Silly title aside, the movie is so well written, well acted, and well conceived, it will charm the space boots off of kids and their parents.

Extras on the Blu-ray are sparing, but include:

Fun With Seth – Onset antics in the mo-cap suits, starring Seth Green and Dan Fogler. I don’t know why, but I’m personally fascinated by the mo-cap process. I love these kinds of behind the scenes. (2:28)

Martian 101 – A short featurette showing how the three main Martian actors – Elisabeth Harnois (Ki), Mindy Sterling (Supervisor), and Kevin Cahoon (Wingnut) – invented the Martian language. Really fun! (2:51)

Deleted Scenes with intro by director Simon Wells – There are seven total deleted/extended scenes, including an alternate opening. Most of these were rightfully cut from the final film. (28:31 total)

TrailersProm, The Lion King on Blu-ray, Winnie the Pooh, The Lion King Musical on tour, Phineas & Ferb new episodes on Disney XD, African Cats, Spooky Buddies, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

I saw Mars Needs Moms twice in theaters, once on Blu-ray and loved it every time. I’m honestly shocked that such a sweet movie has become one of the biggest box office flops of ALL TIME let alone of the year. Maybe audiences were tired of paying 3D surcharges? Maybe audiences were tired of lame children’s movies being released this Spring? Maybe its annoyance with motion capture? A combination of all of them? I have no idea. I encourage everyone with kids to give Mars Needs Moms a try and leave your personal opinions.

Walt Disney Studios presents Mars Needs Moms. Directed by: Simon Wells. Starring: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack. Written by: Simon Wells, Wendy Wells, based on the book by Berkeley Breathed. Running time: 88 minutes. Rating: PG. Released on Blu-ray: August 9, 2011. Available at×120.jpg

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Family Guy: It’s A Trap – Blu-ray Review Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:30:40 +0000 Family Guy for a long time and this film didn't change my mind. ]]>

I’ve loved Star Wars since I was a kid. I liked Family Guy when it first came out but got over it real quickly. Against better judgment I watched the first Family Guy Star Wars parody, Blue Harvest and it actually made me laugh a few times. Keeping that in mind let me say that It’s A Trap was a complete waste of 57 minutes. But to be fair, the opening scroll does warn how bad it is.

Following the previous two parodies, this is Return of the Jedi done with Family Guy characters: Peter is Han, Lois is Leia, Chris is Luke, Stewie is Darth Vader, Brian is Chewie and Meg is the sarlaac with other characters filling in many of the other rolls. There are a few American Dad and The Cleveland Show characters tossed in as well including Klaus as Admiral Ackbar, Rallo Tubs as Nien Numb, Tim the Bear as Wicket. (I realize that if you don’t know Star Wars or Family Guy then the last paragraph probably makes little sense, but then why would you be reading this review anyway?)

Trap follows the basic story of Jedi tossing in typical Family Guy types jokes throughout like Han letting out a big fart as he is thawed from the carbonite. Even jokes that start out funny fell flat when the writers and animators took it too far. During the Endor battle a group of Ewoks and Stormtroopers begin fighting. This turns into a pillow fight between the Stormtroopers with the Ewoks as pillows. Funny. Then the Stormtroopers start to giggle like girls and strip their armor off to reveal a bunch of girls in bikinis. Joke no longer funny.

Most of the jokes in Trap made me roll my eyes and shake my head more than laugh or even chuckle or crack a smile. The film is filled with tons of typical non sequitur jokes including references to Caddyshack, Conway Twitty (both of which involve live action cutaways), Pee-Wee Herman, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Star Trek, most of which provided little humor. However I will admit that the “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Calrissians” movie poster did make me crack a smile. And the best random cultural reference came at the end when Lando (Mort Goldman) flies the Millennium Falcon in to blow up the Death Star. In the center the band Power Station is rocking out. Then they blow them up. Though I wonder how many people today actually remember who Power Station even is?

The better jokes in the film were those that poked fun at flaws in the original film: Trying to make the Imperial Shuttle “fly casually” past the Star Destroyer, Yoda (Carl) repeating Luke’s name over and over as he dies and the exaggeration of the Ian McDiarmid’s (who played the real Emperor) acting at the end of the film. However exchanging the speeder bikers for ten speeds was not funny.

The other noteworthy moment of the film comes at the end when the Emperor (Lois’s Dad) is trying to lure Luke to the dark side of the force and starts incessantly insulting Seth Green’s (the voice of Chris) acting career. Luke tries to defend it by mention Austin Powers, but the Emperor points out that people don’t go see those films cause Seth Green is in them.

The most jarring thing about the film, besides the lack of laughs, is the contrast between the hand drawn animation of the characters and the computer animated ships and vehicles. The ships and vehicles look fantastic and like they don’t belong in this Family Guy world. The final space battle and the Endor battle don’t even look like they should be in the same film together at all.

The bottom line is: If you like Family Guy and the previous two Star Wars parodies, you’ll probably like It’s A Trap as well. If you’ve never liked Family Guy or any of it’s off shoots, then this is certainly not going to change your mind. Whatever you’re feelings about the show, I think it’s safe to say we all hope they don’t try to tackle the prequels. While they are certainly more ripe for parody, nobody wants to have to sit through that.

Family Guy: It’s A Trap is presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. Despite my dislike for the film, this is a great looking and sounding film. The colors really pop on this Blu-Ray transfer. The ships and vehicles look especially nice.

Commentary with Seth MacFarlane, David Goodman, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Shannon Smith and Peter Shin: I have to say, this group is pretty entertaining to listen to and they make sitting through the film a little more bearable. They get a little lost in watching the film a couple times, but always get back on track.

A Very Special Message From Darth Stewie: (1 min.) A voice mail that Darth “Stewie” Vader left for Luke Skywalker telling him why he should join the Dark Side. Didn’t see the point to this. Not funny.

Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: The Ultimate Championship: (31 min.) You get to watch four Family Guy crew folk play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. This starts out boring, but gets kind of funny towards the end once they start to relax and make fun of one another “It’s Forest Moon, not Jungle Moon!” If you’re a Star Wars dork like I am, it’s fun to try and answer the questions before they do. Though, if you want to have more fun, just get some friends together and play the game yourselves. This probably would have been more enjoyable and it been Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green and some of the other actors.

Drawing With Peter Shin: (19 min.) Learn how to draw characters from the show. Kind of boring, but does a good job of showing how the characters come together. Maybe interesting for a beginning artist.

Sock Puppet Outtakes: (1 min.) During the Jabba’s Palace scene this stupid sock puppet shows up. These are outtakes from that. Not funny or interesting at all.

Animatics (39 min.)

Making The Scene: (6 min.) Peter Shin walks us through two scenes from Animatic to finished product. This is much more interesting, and shorter, than the pervious special feature.

I haven’t been a fan of Family Guy for a long time and this film didn’t change my mind. Really it just made me want to watch Return Of The Jedi or perhaps Spaceballs or even that two part South Park episode making fun of Family Guy. If you own the first two and the show, by all means go out and pick this up, you’ll most likely like this too. If not then stay way, it is indeed a trap!

20th Century Fox presents Family Guy: It’s A Trap. Directed by Peter Shin. Written by David A. Goodman and Seth MacFarlane. Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Patrick Warburton and Adam West. Running time: 57 minutes. Not Rated, however contains language not suitable for all ages. Released on Blu-ray and DVD: December 21, 2010.×120.jpg

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Monday Morning Critic – 1.3.2011 – Family Guy It’s a Trap and 2010 in Review Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:00:19 +0000 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and a look back at the lessons of 2010 in cinema]]> Every Monday morning, InsidePulse Movies Czar Scott “Kubryk” Sawitz brings an irreverent and oftentimes hilarious look at pop culture, politics, sports and whatever else comes to mind. And sometimes he writes about movies.

With 2010 in the books, and 2011 going forward at Warp 10, I think it’s time to look back at the year gone by to see what we’ve learned. We’ve gone a bit nutty by looking at the best of the year with films, et al, but I think there’s a lot to be learned by looking back at the year gone by. It’s one thing to look at just what happened in the quality of the final product that ended up reaching screens big and small, and with box office grosses, but I think there’s more to it than that. I think there are some lessons to be learned from the year that was that goes beyond movie quality and raw box office data.

What have we learned in 2010? Lots of things, actually, and as such I think they’re worthy of discussion.

1. Star power is officially over-rated

A bunch of guys hitting each other in the groin outdrew a film with one of the biggest assemblage of stars in the past couple years. Jackass 3-D may have had the power of 3D to lift its movie ticket price somewhat, but even throwaway parts in Valentine’s Day had big time stars in them. Tom Cruise in an action film couldn’t break $100 million domestically, which used to be an automatic in the first three weeks of release. Russell Crowe in two action films combined couldn’t beat the Twilight kids at the box office.

The power of the movie star to draw crowds is waning, if not near death. The biggest test will be the sequels to Men in Black and Bad Boys that Will Smith has en route for 2012. He’s perhaps the last great box office star for the summer film season that hasn’t had it blown back in his face. If he can’t open a film based on name, perhaps Hollywood will officially take notice.

2. The Bruckheimer Formula Isn’t an Automatic for Success

What happens when you take a nebbish leading man who isn’t quite a leading man, a first rate character actor of British or Australian descent as a villain, a handful of beautiful actresses slumming it and a leading man hamming it up and you’ve got all you need to make a summer blockbuster with Jerry Bruckheimer sans a script, marketing materials and a Michael Bay clone. It’s good enough that Bruckheimer got $350 million or so to make a Prince of Persia film as well as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. On paper it’d seem to be enough for success: one film is based off a hit video game franchise and the other has its origins in a beloved Disney video. So what happened?

Both films weren’t that good.

People knew this and didn’t pay to see mediocre films merely because they were available and advertised heavily, as the $150 million they made combined domestically is about $200 million less than they cost. Bruckheimer has a formula that’s seemingly paid off every time he’s used it but this past summer it didn’t quite work as well as it had in years past. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is all the more interesting because of it. In an industry that is seeing its ticket sales slow, and gimmicks like 3D wearing off, can a couple subpar performing films doom it for the man with the golden touch?

3. Original Ideas Work When Given the Right People

Animation has been taking plenty of massive risks for years but nothing was riskier than Inception in 2010. It had everything you could want, from a director coming off the biggest film not directed by James Cameron in the past decade to a cast that had no weak links, but selling people on what was essentially a heist film inside someone’s mind is kind of tough. But it was insanely awesome, thus people came out en masse to see it. Despicable Me and Megamind were both interesting ideas, making what would normally be a villain into a de facto hero, but did them so well that people came out en masse. What did all three have in common?

They had the right people at the right time behind the right idea.

It takes a bit of timing to be able to pull it off but Chris Rock’s old joke about if “you can’t get (x), and you can get (y), WAIT!” kind of holds up. If Christopher Nolan couldn’t have gotten DiCaprio, and all he had was Channing Tatum, Inception doesn’t work. I think we’re going to see a premium with casting to a higher degree than we’ve seen in the past; the right people make projects work at a higher level and with cost-benefit analysis meaning so much more than it has in the past it’ll play a much higher factor.

4. Celebrity Dysfunction is more interesting than celebrities themselves

The biggest stories of this year weren’t focused on films and film-related things, such as casting and whatnot. It was more about the dumb stuff they’ve been doing. Welcome to celebrity in 2010, where actually producing brilliant material isn’t as important as whom one is screwing.

5. Video on Demand could change everything for the indie scene

So far this year a handful of films have found niche audiences via the Video on Demand market through Amazon, Comcast, et al, to bulk up grosses that otherwise would have a hard time being bulked up if left to theatres alone. Imagine what will happen when one indie film opts to invest heavily in marketing a $7 ticket via Amazon to the right audience. We talk about Avatar being a game-changer in terms of how we view the look of a film, and how easy it is to get sucked into it, VOD could be the next big game changer for the indie world. We have the ability to stream films with no true delay in terms of time or quality, and home theatres are ridiculously good to the point where it’s a near replica of the movie theatre, that it’s almost surprising no one has made a serious attempt at bypassing theatres and going for VOD as a means of making a small budgeted film profitable.

A Movie A Week – The Challenge

This Week’s DVD – Family Guy Presents It’s A Trap

Sometimes you have to really respect an actor for allowing someone to bust their balls in a film with the voracity that Seth McFarlane ball shots Seth Green. This isn’t merely a DTV sack-tapping on part of Green’s career outside of Family Guy; this is a full on unprotected front kick to little Seth from his boss. And it’s really funny.

The third in the Family Guy spoof of the original Star Wars trilogy, this one follows Return of the Jedi to finish up George Lucas’s original trilogy of films. With a handful of other characters from the McFarlane universe of animated shows (The Cleveland Show and American Dad) joining those from the Family Guy universe to bring the weakest of the trilogy to life.

And the main thing I found amusing is that Seth Green’s career is really ripped on throughout the film. It must take a lot for an actor to allow the failings of his career to be used as cannon fodder for many of the film’s jokes but Green is a good sport and there’s some great zingers throughout at his expense.

The DTV release itself, which will probably be shown as a special extended episode sometime in the near future (once the DVD has officially maxed out its sales), is actually rather amusing. I’m a huge Star Wars but not as much of a Family Guy fan anymore. It’s gone from appointment television to being a “I’ll catch up on Hulu sometime in the next couple weeks” kind of show. It’s just not that funny but if it was as consistently funny as Seth’s take on the Star Wars trilogy it’d be more important viewing for me.

The film (I guess you call it that) is actually really funny and I’m still amused that George Lucas has been as accommodating to the show as he has been for this series. It’s one thing to prod ala Kevin Smith but that McFarlane just takes aim and riffs on the original trilogy by emulating it in a cartoon with the kind of love only a huge fan of it can provide. The attention to detail, and some rather clever use of ancillary characters from both universes, makes this a fun watch. It’s one thing to riff on the holy trilogy, but they do it with such style that it’s probably the best thing McFarlane’s done with the series.

Strong recommendation.

What Looks Good This Weekend, and I Don’t Mean the $2 Pints of Bass Ale and community college co-eds with low standards at the Alumni Club

Season of the Witch – The year’s first release finds Nic Cage as a 14th century crusader who has to take a witch to get killed to stop a plague. Ron Perlman tags along.

See It – Another weird year for Nic Cage, with this and Drive Angry as his main releases of the year. Like any Cage flick, it’s usually worth viewing if only because it has every potential to be a galactic trainwreck.

Do you have questions about movies, life, love, or Branigan’s Law? Shoot me an e-mail at and you could be featured in the next “Monday Morning Critic.” Include your name and hometown to improve your odds.

Scott “Kubryk” Sawitz brings his trademarked irreverence and offensive hilarity to Twitter in 140 characters or less. Follow him @MMCritic_Kubryk.×120.jpg

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Geek And Gamer Girls video with Stan Lee, Seth Green, Katee Sackhoff & Katy Perry?! Sun, 19 Sep 2010 15:18:27 +0000 Can you make out all the geek and gamer references by the ladies of Team Unicorn? They “remaster,” I think, Katy Perry’s California Girls tune.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Titan Maximum – DVD Review Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:00:57 +0000

The creators of Robot Chicken sure do like the stop motion film style. Maximum Titan is made by the same people and in my opinion is better than the chicken.

This show follows around a group of five heroes from 100 years in the future. After defeating an invasion, they get decommissioned and one of the members of the team ends up as the evil super villain leaving the other three to fight him. It’s only three because the other one falls from a balcony and dies in one of the funnier moments of the series. The group needs five members to form their super robot, Titan Maximum, so the group adds on the leader’s little brother and a monkey.

The monkey, Leon, is the best thing about Titan Maximum. He has one facial expression at all times and never says a word. He just stands there and stares. Doesn’t read as being that funny, but the way they pull it off is hilarious.

The rest of the characters fall into the typical stereotypes. The young arrogant leader, the sweet wholesome girl, the nerd, and the slut. Together the team travels across the galaxy to try and track down their former buddy who is causing mayhem all over the galaxy.

In the first episode, the teams robot is destroyed and they are forced to build a new one on a budget leaving them woefully under armed leaving them only one option in fights, “Punch the %^&@ out of it.”

The stop motion filming style mixes well with the CGI scenes and makes for an interesting show to look at. The dolls are high quality and as a whole it looks much better than Robot Chicken which is what most people look to in the stop motion category now days.

The humor is certainly on the dumber side of things. But most of it clicks. From the staring monkey, to the profanity, to Sasha taking her top off, just about all of the jokes work and if one doesn’t work, there is another one waiting just around the corner.

Titan Maximum is presented in 16×9 Widescreen format and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.

It looks really good for being on Adult Swim.

There are plenty of options here.

Behind The Scenes – This is a bunch of interviews with the crew and how much work goes into the show.

Deleted Animatics – Deleted scenes that never made it off the story board.

Anatomy of a Sequence – Shows the process of going from the story board to the final clip.

Crew Mugshots – Pictures of the crew.

Table Read – A group reading of a clip.

Trailers – Adult Swim bumps for the show.

Design Showcase – A closer look into the design aspects of the show.

Pop-up Trivia – Can you guess the right answer?

Basically, it’s an adult version of Power Rangers done in Robot Chicken stop motion. It also contains one of my favorite characters in the history of TV. It is really good and downright hilarious; it is one of the best shows on Adult Swim. Watch it. Love it.

Adult Swim presents Titan Maximum. Directed by: Chris McKay. Starring: Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, and Rachael Leigh Cook. Written by: Tom Root, Matt Senreich, Geoff Johns, and Zeb Wells. Running time: 114 Minutes. Rating: TV-MA. Released on DVD: August 10, 2010.×120.jpg

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Robot Chicken Creator Seth Green Marries Girlfriend Clare Grant Mon, 03 May 2010 22:10:34 +0000 People reports that “Robot Chicken” creator Seth Green has married model/actress Clare Grant.

The couple “tied the knot at a private vineyard in Northern California, according to a source.”

Read the full story here.

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Bad Movies Done Right — Old Dogs Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:18:01 +0000 Old Dogs certainly doesn't show any new tricks.]]> Every day Robert Saucedo shines a spotlight on a movie either so bad it’s good or just downright terrible. Today: And the dog’s in the cradle and the silver spoon, little boy blue and the man in the moon. “When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then. You know we’ll have a good time then.”

For a while now, I’ve dreaded having to write about Old Dogs, the “comedy” staring John Travolta and Robin Williams that was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray.

In the film, Williams stars as Dan Rayburn, a sports marketing guru who turns to his best friend Charlie Reed (played by Travolta) for support when he learns he has seven-year old twin children and must watch them for a couple of weeks while their mother is in jail for environmental activism.

Being a Disney family-friendly comedy, audiences can expect plenty of high-concept mischief to occur when the life-long bachelors Rayburn and Reed watch the two highly precocious children.

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you right now: I had most of this review written before I even saw the movie.

I know that is a terrible thing for a critic to admit but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t true. Further more, while I have no way of knowing this for certain, I’d be willing to bet that I’m not the only critic who pre-judged this movie before watching it.

With some truly god-awful trailers for the film having played non-stop for several months before the movie was released in theaters, Old Dogs quickly distinguished itself as something I never planned to watch. As someone who writes a column named “Bad Movies Done Right,” though, sometimes I have to take a bullet.

I went into the movie expecting a tepid, slapstick yukfest equivalent of a migraine assault. Old Dogs pretty much delivered right on cue. I can’t, with complete certainty, say that my predisposition to dislike the film affected my enjoyment of the movie. Having to endure three months of watching Seth Green cuddle with a gorilla during theatrical trailers and TV spots for the film certainly didn’t help me appreciate the movie’s humor any more. All I can say is that Old Dogs certainly didn’t show any new tricks.

See, I had that line written before I even saw the movie. I’m a terrible critic. But I can’t help it.

I tried to like the movie. My hopes would go up every time I saw one of the film’s numerous cameo appearances (of which included Dax Shepard, Bernie Mac, Matt Dillon, Justin Long, and Luis Guzman). As truly talented comedian after comedian phoned in a larger then life performance that failed to find my funny bone, my hope was quickly scattered to the wind like the frothy spittle from a dog’s tongue as it hangs its head out of a window.


There I go again. Another pre-written “dog” reference.

A part of me feels like I need to apologize to Old Dogs director Walt Becker.

Another part, though, feels as if Becker owes the audiences an apology. Travolta and Williams are both highly talented actors who have shown time and time again that they are capable of comedy. Yet in Old Dogs, both actors’ talents are wasted on contrived gags that rely too much on elaborate set-ups that never really pay off.

After the two comedians accidentally take each other’s pills (of which they have just spent ten minutes explaining in exacting details the many humorous side-effects that come with the medication), audiences are “treated” to a series of campy gags involving some truly horrendous CGI facial enhancement.

If you’ve ever wanted to see John Travolta grinning like the Cheshire Cat and you don’t have access to photo morphing technology from the mid-‘90s, you are in luck.

I feel kind of bad picking on Old Dogs. I’m sure I’m coming off as a bully as I mock the excruciatingly painful emotional moments that scatter the film like dots on a Dalmatian. I know for a fact that Travolta and Williams are capable of fine dramatic roles. Why then are the scenes in which the two are supposed to show range and emotion less believable then a high school theater club’s performance of Cabaret?

I believe the answer is simple: a paycheck.

After watching this movie, I am positive that Old Dogs was little more then a new addition to the guest wing for Robin Williams’ mansion.

John Travolta is a different story. I honestly believe that him doing this movie is kinda sweet. You see, John is not the only Travolta to appear on screen.

John’s wife Kelly Preston plays Robin Williams’s love interest and their daughter Ella Travolta plays one-half of Williams’ offspring. As an added bonus, the Blu-ray even includes a nauseatingly syrupy music video that Travolta and his daughter perform. The song itself seems like it was ripped from the reject pile of a ‘90s R&B radio countdown but the love between Travolta and his daughter clearly shows as the two of them skip around the video’s set.

Love and money. I guess there are worse reasons to make a movie.

Robert Saucedo will stop pre-judging movies as soon as terrible movie trailers stop being made. Follow him on Twitter @robsaucedo2500.×105.jpg

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Can't Hardly Wait: 10 Year Reunion Edition – DVD Review Fri, 24 Oct 2008 03:28:37 +0000 American Graffiti and Animal House. The '80s teens enjoyed John Hughes films such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. The teenagers of the '90s got American Pie and the underrated classic Can't Hardly Wait.]]>

Every generation has to have its teen movie. The ’70s saw American Graffiti and Animal House. The ’80s teens enjoyed John Hughes films such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. The teenagers of the ’90s got American Pie and the underrated classic Can’t Hardly Wait.

It’s graduation day for the class of 1998 at Huntington Hills High School, and there’s going to be a mean graduation party that night at the house of a rich classmate whose parents are out of town. Everyone is going to be there for their one last fling together. Preston Myers hopes to deliver a love letter to his longtime crush Amanda Beckett, thereby winning her heart. His best friend Denise Fleming tags along to provide moral support and sarcastic comments. Kenny Fisher is a wannabe gangsta who desperately wants to lose his virginity at the party and totes around a backpack of love gadgets to woo any and every female he sees. Mike Dexter, the jock, is at the party because that’s his crowd. And he just broke up with his girlfriend of four years, Amanda Beckett, the same girl Preston is in love with. William Lichter, the nerd, attends the party in order to have revenge on Mike Dexter for teasing him throughout high school.

Literally everyone is at the party. Every single stereotype that you’ve ever seen in high school is depicted here. There’s the guy who wants to reminisce about everything you’ve ever done together. There’s the couple that makes out all the time no matter where they are or who is in the room. There’s the foreign exchange student. There’s the stoner kids, the garage band kids, the girls who have too much to drink and take off their tops, even the washed up guy who used to be something in high school. I mean everything is represented in this movie.

With that ensemble, you’d think that everything is a bit predictable but it isn’t. The cast is what really makes this movie work. Everyone in the film has gone on to have very successful careers, whereas when this movie came out in 1998, the most famous actors in the movie were Jennifer Love Hewitt (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Party of Five) and Charlie Korsmo (Dick Tracy, What About Bob?). Watching the movie now is a bit of a trip. Everyone is recognizable: Seth Green who went on to do Family Guy and Robot Chicken, Peter Facinelli who went on to do several bombs but is going to be in the new movie Twilight, Lauren Ambrose and Freddy Rodriguez who went on to star in HBO’s Six Feet Under, Ethan Embry who has gone on to star in Eagle Eye, Vacancy, and Showtime’s Brotherhood. And that’s not even digging deeper. Selma Blair, Jerry O’Connell, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jamie Pressley, Donald Faison, Clea Duvall, Eric Balfour, Melissa Joan Hart, Breckin Meyer, and Jenna Elfman are also in this film.

What makes the cast even better is that they all have such great energy and chemistry together. Everything about this movie is believable because they make it that way. Everyone isn’t a caricature of the character’s they’re playing, they are these characters. For example, Seth Green could have easily made a mockery out of the character he’s playing, Kenny Fisher. But he doesn’t. He makes you believe that this poor kid really thinks he’s cool.

Another key element in making a teen movie a classic is the soundtrack. The soundtrack must be packed with songs that represent the time frame that is depicted. Here we get “I Can’t Get Enough of You, Baby” by Smash Mouth, “Dammit!” by Blink 182, “Graduate” by Third Eye Blind, “Farther Down” by Michael Sweet, and even “Paradise City” by Guns n’ Roses, the song that turns poor William Lichter from nerd to life of the party. These are all songs that immediately take you back to when you first heard them. A fantastic soundtrack.

Can’t Hardly Wait will always be a teen movie classic. Hopefully with this new 10 Year Reunion release, it will reach a whole new generation of teens who will love it as much as I do. Which team has the winning play? Huntington, Huntington, Hey hey HEY!

This new released version of the film is presented in a widescreen 1.33:1 aspect ratio with a remasted audio track. I’ve never ever EVER seen this movie look so good. I guess I always watched my old beat up VHS copy. It’s crisp and clean and the audio is amazing.

Huntington Hills Class of 98 Reunion – This is a fun featurette that features interviews with darn near everyone reminiscing about what they did on set and how they created their charactes. At the end, everyone speculates where their character would be now. 26:11

Can’t Hardly Wait: the Making of a Teen Classic – All of the same people from the first featurette talking about making the movie. Short interviews with Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont talking about writing the script. 25:30

Life of the Party – This featurette shows interviews with the same people from the previous two featurettes talking about how important teen movies are to teens. Then, they all talk about their graduation party stories and what they think is the most important element to throwing a fun party. 9:28

Deleted Scenes - There are six deleted scenes, all of them very short, usually showing just one line that was deleted. The best one is the very last one, titled “This Party Sucked”. It’s less than one minute long, but it features the Girl Whose Party It Is kicking Kenny out of the house at the end of the party.

Special K’s 411 Track, Yo – A version of the film with running commentary across the bottom of the screen. Some of this is very funny and very random. For example, at one point during the film, the following pops up at the bottom of the screen, “Barry Manilow fans are commonly known as ‘Fanilows'”, and “That thing on Special K’s jacket is known as a ‘beeper’ for you youngsters out there.”

You Know You’re ’90s – This is a trivia game that you control using your DVD remote. It’s actually very, very lame.

I Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby Video – The same video for the song by Smash Mouth that was featured at the end of the VHS version of the film. Remember that? When you had to wait until the end of the credits for whatever extra features were included?

Commentary with Filmmakers and Cast 10 Years Later - Feature commentary with Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, Donald Faison, Joe Michaelini, Deborah Kaplan, and Harry Elfont. This was really fun to listen to (and I had Special K’s track still going). They were all having a blast. Sometimes two or three conversations would be going on at a time. This is one of my favorite commentaries ever.

Original Commentary – This one features most of the same people as the reunion, Seth Green, Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, but is much less excited. I listened to this one last and it was probably not the best of ideas. It really pales in comparison to the new one.

Can’t Hardly Wait will remain forever one of my favorite teen movies. It’s sweet, it’s got lots of energy and heart, and it never takes itself too seriously. It’s just a lot of fun. If you’re a fan, then this 10th anniversary release is well worth the extra cash. I mean, it is the best movie ever according to Mr. Moviephone (Josie & The Pussycats).


Sony Pictures presents Can’t Hardly Wait. Directed by Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan. Starring Seth Green, Ethan Embry, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli. Written by Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan. Running time: 100 minutes. Rated PG-13. Released on DVD: September 30, 2008. Available at Amazon.

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Director: Sean Anders
Notable Cast: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, James Marsden, Seth Green

Teen comedies have their flaws, be it catering to a specific demographic or appearing dated to today’s audience. Most involve nerds or guys with self-esteem issues — feeling like the last American virgin at times. The comedies can be raunchy (Porky’s) or sentimental (Say Anything…), or a little bit of both (The Girl Next Door). Those that fall in between seem to be the toughest to promote. And because of this, these in-betweeners can’t find an audience in an already crowded theater market; yet they perform well on home video because of word-of-mouth.

The newest teen comedy, Sex Drive, is 50-50 when it comes to crude humor and emotional substance. The story is no big surprise: Ian (Josh Zuckerman) is an 18-year-old high school senior, living in Chicago, who hasn’t done the “deed.” He’s been chatting with a girl online whose username is Ms. Tasty. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn. Thanks to Photoshop, he make-believes himself a football jock, ripped with muscles. Such an impression, Ian, sadly, is a loser. His older brother Rex (James Marsden) gives him grief that he hasn’t had a girlfriend, and constantly belittles him with gay jokes and suggestions that he’s homosexual. As Ian works his summer McJob (where he dresses up as a donut), girls pay him no mind. Everything changes, though, the day Ms. Tasty sends him a message to meet her in Knoxville of what is sure to be a devirginating experience.

He hopes.

Going along with Ian on the nine-hour trip to Tennessee are his two best friends, Lance (Clark Duke) and Felicia (Amanda Crew). So it’s two guys and a girl revving down the highway in Rex’s 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge. What happens next is a road trip with hijinks galore — some painstakingly funny, others just plain gross — that becomes serious when Ian has to make a soul-searching decision.

Sex Drive may not have the most original story, but its heart is in the right place. The early stuff with Ian typing his instant messages to Ms. Tasty, stopping and deleting what he wants to communicate, is a smart touch, as Ian struggles to find the right words to not sound desperate. Even better is his friend Lance and the way he’s able to “close the deal” with the ladies. It makes for an interesting friendship: two guys who are nerdish in stature, but one can homer and his best friend can’t even get on base.

On a road trip anything can happen. You never know whom you’ll meet or what kind of shenanigans will take place. This road trip is no different. From Lance tending to a teary-eyed gas station clerk, or the hapless friends interacting with the Amish during the rite of passage Rumspringa, while Seth Green (yes, him) and his crew repair the GTO. And I can’t leave out the finale, which is built up over the first two acts, and what we’re left with: simply one of the funniest and insane endings of the year.

Within the first few minutes of Sex Drive, you already know how it will end. But where the comedy succeeds is how it goes about getting there. The story structure is sound, similar to the first Harold & Kumar comedy, in which their trip to White Castle encounters one detour after another. Director Sean Anders uses Andy Behrens’s novel All the Way (which Sex Drive is adapted from) as a starting off point, and he and co-writer John Morris go off from there, changing up Behrens’s narrative to suit their needs. Like replacing Granny’s Oldsmobile with a ’69 GTO and having Ian’s destination be Knoxville instead of Charleston, South Carolina.

The only distracting part of this teen comedy is that it is almost too raunchy. Some of the situations are a bit much, even for a movie geared towards teenagers. Seeing an old man with his ball sack hanging out. Um, no thank you. There’s even a joke that will conjure up images of the airport bathroom incident involving U.S. senator Larry Craig.

But even with situations such as these and the foul-mouthed humor, filled with I don’t know how many offensive gay remarks, the characters and the substance make this any easy recommendation. Part of the charm is having relative unknowns as the three teens – it’s like seeing the Brat Pack reporting to detention one Saturday morning. That’s what Sex Drive feels like, a John Hughes comedy but with the raunchy sex humor we’ve come to expect from the Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith.

If you only see one sex comedy this year, make it Forgetting Sarah Marshall. But if you see two, see Sex Drive.


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